Christmas Tree Facts


 

Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong.

Real trees are a renewable, recyclable resource. Artificial trees contain non-biodegradable plastics and metals.

For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place.

There are about 1 million acres in production for growing Christmas trees. The trees take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.

• There are approximately 15 choose and harvest farms in the state of Nebraska.

It can take as many as 15 years to grow a tree of average retail sale height (6 feet), but the average growing time is in 7 years.

The top selling Christmas trees are: Balsam Fir, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Noble Fir, Scotch Pine, Virginia Pine and White Pine.

Preserving Your Christmas Tree

Tests normally used to determine freshness are of no concern to the enterprising family who drives to a Choose and Harvest Tree Farm – but keeping the tree fresh is.

Once your tree is home, clean it thoroughly from needles lodged among the branches, then care for it as you would cut flowers.

Keep the tree outdoors in a protected area until you are ready to decorate it. It is best to keep the trunk in water. Any large container will do. Simply make a fresh straight cut across the trunk about an inch up from the original cut. This opens the tree stem for water intake.

If you allow the water level to drop below the fresh cut, a seal will form, just as it does on cut flowers, and a new cut will be necessary. Use hot water the first time to dissolve pitch that may be clogging water conduction tissues.
from the Nebraska Christmas Tree Growers Association

Locally Grown Trees – Although Christmas tree farms in Nebraska are dwindling in numbers, it is still possible to buy local fresh cut trees. Popular trees grown are Cannan fir, Concolor fir, Douglas fir and White pine. Two such farms are:

1. PrairieWoods
5665 W. Sprague Rd,

2. Hallam ,NE (402)794-6887
www.prairiewoodschristmas.com
Spilker Pineridge Tree Farm 1201 Fletcher Ave, Lincoln

From the newsletter of
Garden Club of Lincoln, 2905 South 27th, Lincoln, NE 68502

 

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